Less than a year after Fullscreen brought on two traditional “development” execs, Katy Chen and Polly Auritt, to head up unscripted and scripted, respectively, Chen has parted ways with the MCN-turned-studio and soon-to-be distribution platform, to pursue another opporunity to be announced soon. *According to sources familiar with the situation, Chen, whose official title was VP of unscripted development, as well as the other in-house creatives have faced a constant start-stop on projects for Fullscreen’s forthcoming SVOD service. Despite this, Chen had several projects greenlit during her time there. They are expected to premiere on Fullscreen, the subscription-based distribution platform, later this year.
Lisa Anderson, manager of unscripted, and Taylor Paul, coordinator of unscripted (both pictured left), will step in for the interim while Fullscreen looks for someone to fill the position.
In the weeks past, the unscripted team had been working on a variety show that “took another direction” according to Fullscreen’s spokesperson. According to executives working on the show, the format was a talk show that “felt very traditional” in nature but involved digital native influencers as hosts interviewing guests on location as well as in studio. This is one example of the types of projects being developed by Chen’s team, though the project originated prior to Chen joining the company last year. Auritt’s role at Fullscreen in scripted has not changed.
Chen and Auritt were originally tapped to focus on Fullscreen’s SVOD product, slightly preceding the departure of Michael Goldfine (“Camp Takota”), who at the time held the title of Chief Creative Officer and was primarily responsible for projects under Fullscreen Films. Fullscreen and Goldfine mutually decided that Goldfine was not right for the position, but they would continue a production relationship with him. The role has been largely eliminated, according to insiders, who note that Fullscreen is adapting a studio model working with outside producers rather than producing and developing everything in house.
*Updates were made to this story to correct conflicting information provided prior.